Brenda Monahan  

Wishes by Brenda Monahan

October 2019 - Wishes

October 2019 - Brenda Monahan


About the Image(s)

I started playing with my camera about 5 years ago (it took another 4 years for me to get serious enough to take a class) and this image is one of the photos I took while I was playing around.

I asked my daughter, then 6 years old, to blow on a dandelion. I held the shutter button down and shot 6 or 7 images - this is the second image in the series. I chose it as you can see the first of the "wishes" separating from the seed head. This morning, I cropped it, sharpened it a smidge, exposed it a bit more and increased the contrast, vibrance, and saturation and added a vignette.

Canon 70D ISO 1250 f/5.0 1/1000
Lens EFS 18-135mm

8 comments posted

Laurie Meriwether   Laurie Meriwether
Such a sweet image of your daughter. Great timing to get that dandelion seed isolated. My only suggestion is to include more of her hand.   Posted: 10/05/2019 13:24:22
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Laurie! I appreciate the feedback.   Posted: 10/05/2019 13:30:23

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
A beautiful child captured in a beautiful portrait! I might suggest the darkening of the roadway, the brightness of which competes a little with that of the dandelion and perhaps including a little more of her hair on the right to frame it a bit. Otherwise, well done!   Posted: 10/05/2019 13:30:20
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Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Oh, I like this, Harry. Thank you!   Posted: 10/05/2019 13:32:13

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Brenda, such a special picture. I believe this is one of those impact images that are so difficult to capture. I do like the suggestions of more hair and hand showing, but making sure you have her complexion as lovely as your first edit. I love the roses cheeks and freckles. I think this would make a beautiful print for your family wall gallery!   Posted: 10/06/2019 17:17:16

Cheryl Pauley   Cheryl Pauley
This is a photo I'm sure you will treasure for years to come! I love the pink in her cheeks and the pink of the tree in the background. I like the cropping of her face that gives the suggestion there is more just outside the frame. It keeps my attention. The wisps of hair are perfect against her skin and the background and actually frame her face. Cropping the hand is a tough one. It would be interesting to see how it looks with more of her hand included. I'm wondering what the orange is in the tree just to the left of the daffodil stem. It doesn't seem to go with the pink tree so I might try cloning it out. But overall, a very sweet picture!   Posted: 10/07/2019 23:38:35

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Beautiful child! I would leave as is, except for the one bright background spot which can easily be taken out with clone stamp I think.   Posted: 10/09/2019 11:15:43

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
You have a nice picture.You crop very well.I like it.The dandelion she holding is so nice.She is your nice model.May I enhance a little:skin,color...Thanks.   Posted: 10/16/2019 23:00:41
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